1400 Block of Geiger Avenue1400 Block of Geiger Avenue
Geiger Avenue Cemetery
Generations of Columbians have called Cottontown home, some temporarily, others for their entire lives. For some, the neighborhood has offered an eternal resting place. Located within a state-owned plot of land, formerly associated with the Confederate Soldiers Home, stands a cemetery containing two distinct sections. Within an enclosed brick-and-iron fence rest three dozen marked graves associated with the former Confederate veterans’ facility. Six of the veterans’ and their families’ stones feature names and dates; the remainder are marked only by numbers. This interment is surrounded by a larger area where the state hospital buried indigent or unclaimed deceased white mental patients. A sign erected in 1987 by the South Carolina Department of Mental Health acknowledges the significance of this neighborhood cemetery.